The learning flatline

You might think that DWP staff would have been chastened by the child benefit Chernobyl into some basic grasp of data security, but apparently not:

The government has been sending out highly sensitive data in packages with the passwords necessary to access it, it has been revealed today.

And in a predictable mismatch of words and actions, a DWP spokeswoman said:

“We take the security of individuals’ data extremely seriously”

If you’re wondering where you heard that before, it was last uttered a month ago by the LGA.

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4 Responses to The learning flatline

  1. Pete Darby says:

    “We take the security of individuals’ data extremely seriously”

    No, really, stop saying it. Saying it doesn’t make it true. I feel like an abused spouse being told I’m loved.

  2. archrights says:

    Imagine it being said in a dalek voice, Pete, and then you’ll feel better

  3. Polonaise says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Polonaise!!

  4. archrights says:

    Polonaise: imagine sending the contents of your private diary to a friend on a CD. In order to make sure that nobody else can read it if it gets lost en route, you password-protect it. And then, instead of sending your friend the password separately, you enclose it in the same envelope… The Department for Work and Pensions has been doing just that with confidential details about those in receipt of benefits.

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